Friday, August 14, 2015

3 Vehicle Crash in Hope - August 13, 2015

At approximately 12:20 p.m. on August 13, 2015, the Knox County Sheriff's Office responded to a three-vehicle crash on Route 17 near the intersection of Alford Lake Road in Hope. According to the drivers involved and witnesses, a 2008 Mazda 4-door, driven by Dakota Maddocks, 19, of Appleton, was headed east and suddenly had to stop for a car in front of her turning onto Alford Lake Road. Bruce Pease, 33, of Appleton, driving a 2004 Volvo Cement truck, owned by Ferriaolo Construction of Rockland. Pease was not able to stop in time and veered left, striking the left rear of the Mazda and then went into the opposing lane of oncoming traffic. The Volvo struck a 2014 Chevrolet 3500 utility truck driven by Ryan Gauthier, 36, of Albion, owned by O&P Glass of Manchester, Maine, head-on. The collision caused both vehicles to go off the road and hit some trees.

The driver of the Mazda and her passenger, a 7-month-old child, were okay. The driver of the Volvo cement truck was not transported to the hospital by ambulance, but was going to get checked due to complaint of pain in his arm and shoulder. The passenger of the Chevrolet utility truck was taken to the hospital for complaint of pain and the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle because he was pinned in. He was transported to Penobscot Bay Medical Center by Union Ambulance and later life-flighted due to possible broken bones, although not life-threatening injuries.

Route 17 was blocked while necessary equipment was brought in to tow the vehicles out and so the site could be inspected by the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement of the Maine State Police.

Assisting agencies included Sterling Ambulance, Hope Fire Department, Rockport Fire Department, and the Maine State Police.

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